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24 Aug 2018

  • Supplier of Aldi’s award-winning Champagne has announced earliest Champagne harvest to date, after exceptional year for grape production across the Champagne region
  • 1.25 million bottles of Aldi’s award-winning Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut were sold last year alone
  • 2018 vintage set to be outstanding, owing to perfect growing conditions

Supermarket Aldi’s renowned Champagne supplier has announced its earliest grape harvest ever, following an exceptional growing season across the region which saw record winter rainfall and hot summer temperatures soaring well above long-term averages.
Grape pickers across the Champagne region started the harvest on Tuesday this week, following the official go-ahead from industry organisation Comité Champagne, which sets the official start-date each year.
Usually taking place in September, this makes 2018 the fifth harvest to take place in August in the last 15 years, starting five days earlier than in 2017.
Aldi’s bestselling bubbly, the award-winning Veuve Monsigny Champagne (£11.49), is made by Champagne house Philizot & Fils, a world-renowned producer that Aldi has been working with for over five years to consistently bring quality fizz to its shelves for shoppers to enjoy.
Aldi’s relationship with Philizot began in 2012, with an order of 120,000 bottles. Since then, the supermarket has consistently increased sales of Champagne, peaking in 2017 with a record 1.25 million bottles sold to shoppers.
Aldi’s wine expert Sam Caporn, The Mistress of Wine said: “It has been a remarkable year for production in the Champagne region, with rainfall at its highest since 1965, followed by a warm and sunny period during the flowering season.
“This means that the grapes used in Aldi’s Champagne –  a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – have had the ideal growing conditions to produce a vintage that is likely to be of exceptional quality in 2018.”
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, comments: “Our close working relationship with Philizot et Fils has gone from strength to strength over the past five years – a partnership that is integral to bringing great quality, affordable fizz to our stores.
“They have expanded their production facility to accommodate the continued customer demand for our award-winning Champagne, and we are delighted that such an important relationship is proving to be mutually beneficial.” 
Pioneers of innovation in the wine aisles, this year Aldi has launched more new wines than ever before, with over 100 bottles having received international awards already. The supermarket’s Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut has won three international medals for its quality, including a ‘Silver Outstanding’ medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
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